About me . . .
Hi, I'm Joshie Belle,
But you can call me Joshie.
I'm a musical theatre writer, a cabaret artist, and a big fan of trains.
My pronouns are they/them, and I live and work on unceded Boon Wurrung land, in Melbourne, Australia.
I have synaesethesia. This means that every time I write a word or play a note on the piano I see an associated colour in my mind.
So I thought I would design my website around this. Here is a selection of my work, as I see it
I hope you have fun!
Some of my independent work
The word 'Time' is brown to me, but I thought that would look a bit ugly, so I made this section yellow. So I guess the theme is broken now. Off to a good start!
In Time is a collaboration with 23 artists that I greatly admire, who all sung their parts from their homes and/or places of isolation, from all around the world. In total, 10 cities and 4 countries were represented.
Pay what you want to download this song, and all proceeds will be donated to the fundraiser to support the family of Yorta Yorta Elder Aunty Tanya Day for her death in custody coronial inquest.
The singers, in order of appearance, are:
Mama Alto, Raymund MontePio de la Cruz, Jemma Allen, Lindsay Prodea, Bianca Levai, Jade Delos Santos, Michaela Murphy, Benny James, Jamie Burgess, Oliver John, Matthew Nassida, Carrie Caffrey, Lena Eversheim, Blake Ascione, Ben Gillard, Amy Hein, Charmaine Jones, Kelsey McCormack, Josh Boyce, Vaibhavi Mohan, Tim Waurick, Emily McGlynn, Mitchell Smith.
In my synaesthesia, 30,000 Notes is green.
This show was a cross-artform theatrical experiment
with a surround sound choir and string quartet,
a series of monologues,
and everything I've ever written spread out on a 13 metre-long wall.
I wrote the words and music, conducted and performed it.
It's all about memory and how we capture the past.
It's about my Nonna
and how, in music and words, I tried to capture everything she meant to me.
30,000 Notes premiered on the 19th of February 2019 at the Adelaide Fringe.
At the Fringe awards, it won the Adelaide Festival Centre InSpace Development Award, the Holden Street Theatres Award, the Best Emerging Producer Award, and was nominated for the John Chataway Innovation Award.
It also won the Adelaide Theatre Guide Best Cabaret Award and was nominated for the Adelaide Critics Circle Innovation Award.
Sheet Music and Educational Resource
Dear Malcolm Turnbull
'Malcolm', the former Prime Minister of Australia, is blue in my mind.
So was his political party.
And in 2017 he did some things which made me feel pretty blue:
He decided to put Australia through a divisive and traumatic public debate over gay marriage
when he could have just legalised it with a vote in Parliament.
So I wrote an open letter to him
Where, in rhyme, I outlined my outrage and grievances against him.
And it sort of became my own queer rights anthem
during a period that was so horrible for so many of us.
I posted it online, and it got shared around a bit.
(Okay, about quarter of a million people saw it).
So I released the song for purchase, where the money went to charity
and as a result some very generous people raised over $3,000 for QLife
– Australia's national queer counselling service.
Even though the plebiscite has long since passed, you can still buy this song below,
and the funds will still be donated to QLife.
Scarred For Life
Scarred For Life is red to me.
(well, it's actually orange, but my scar is red, so the show is red by association).
This was my debut solo show.
I filled it with original songs
about the time I fell off my bicycle,
ruptured my spleen,
and almost bled to death.
What I'm left with now is an eight inch scar on my abdomen.
I know – perfect material for a musical comedy.
I premiered it at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival
and something really interesting happened:
all kinds of people came up to me afterwards and told me their own medical stories.
Many showed me their scar(s).
And their willingness to share their stories inspired me to keep telling mine.
I was going to bring it to the Adelaide Fringe 2020, at Holden Street Theatres,
But I decided to bring a new show instead. It's here.
Scarred For Life
Some of my work for others
Morning Whiskey [Short Film]
This was a short film score that I did for a horror film while at music school. I'm still a bit proud of it, so I want to share it with you. The film tells the story of a young couple who are crumbling under the pressure of a life they can't afford. That's when a loanshark named Lou arrives with an offer that the two of them can't resist.
Morning Whiskey 2:120:00/2:12
19 Weeks [Theatre]
This was a score that I wrote for a one-person play in Adelaide. It tells the story of how, in 2016, playwright Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. It’s sad and funny, familiar and surprising, not self-righteous or guilt-ridden but complex and truthful. The audience were invited to sit by a swimming pool, put their feet in the water, and listen.
Some of my work with my pal, Millicent Sarre
So this is my pal, Millicent Sarre. She will probably be okay with you calling her Mim.
Mim and I debuted our new show, Awkward Activists at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe. We are going to tour it around Australia, so keep an eye out in Fringe circuits!
You can also have a look at our Christmas song, Homo Vs Scomo, that we released in the middle of the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire Crisis and debate over the Federal Government's Religious Freedom Bill.
This song has currently raised $223 for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
What else can you do?
Find climate protests in your state here
Donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief here
State-by-State Donation portals:
South Australia Country Fire Services
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Victorian Country Fire Authority
Queensland Fire Rescue
Write to your Local MP to oppose the Religious Freedom Bill here
A bit more about me.
Other things that I've done . . .
I currently study a Masters of Theatre (Writing) at the Victorian College of the Arts, on Bunurong (Boon wurrung) and Wurundjeri (Woi wurrung) land of the Kulin Nations, Melbourne, Australia.
I am developing several new musicals, but right now they're a little bit hush hush – but WATCH THIS SPACE.
In 2019, I was employed as the live musician for Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Young King North America and Australia tour, which won a Ruby Award for Best Work or Event Outside a Festival.
I graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2015 with a Director’s Award and high distinctions for all portfolios of composition. My music has been performed by ensembles including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, and Gondwana Chorale.
Outside of my own projects, I work as a freelance musical director and accompanist, having worked at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre OnStage Program, and worked with a range of independent cabaret artists, choirs, and even a musical improvisation troupe. I arrange piano music for Sheet Music Boss (1.8 million subscribers), and have taught music at Tutti Arts – organisation for young artists with an intellectual disability. I currently run a private music theory and piano tuition business, which I do both in-person and online. So if learning music has ever interested you, please get in touch with me via my form below.
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